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BRIGADOON's Dakin Matthews to Join Jonathan Lynn for 'Comedy & Healthcare' Event at The Players

BRIGADOON's Dakin Matthews to Join Jonathan Lynn for 'Comedy & Healthcare' Event at The PlayersBroadway vet Dakin Matthews is the latest guest artist to sign on for "An Evening of Comedy & Healthcare with Jonathan Lynn and Friends" at The Players on November 27, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Dining Room (16 Gramercy Park South, New York City). This event is for Players members only.

Writer and director Jonathan Lynn is originally from London where he created and wrote the BBC series Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. A master of satire he is also known as the director of My Cousin Vinny and The Whole Nine Yards, and writer/director of Nuns on the Run and the cult classic Clue.

His dark and funny new novel, Samaritans, is about the shocking state of U.S. health care. It portrays the dire consequences when a hospital is run by business executives instead of doctors and can also be read as an allegory about the United States.

Jonathan Lynn will talk about comedy writing and Samaritans. Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker and Dakin Matthews and will do a dramatic reading of excerpts from the book, to be followed by a discussion about healthcare with Rick Ungar, co-host of Steele & Ungar on Sirius XM and a senior contributor on politics and health care policy at, and Dr. David Himmelstein, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

The evening will be moderated by Leonard Jacobs, the executive editor of The Clyde Fitch Report.


Becky Ann Baker is an actor who portrayed Jean Weir on NBC's Emmy Award-winning Freaks and Geeks. She is also well-known for her role as Loreen Horvath on HBO's Emmy Award-winning Girls, for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination.

Dylan Baker is an actor best known for his performances on TV's The Good Wife, The Americans, and is working now on season 6 of Homeland. Last Season Dylan performed on Broadway in The Front Page. Dylan directed the feature film, 23 Blast.

Dr. David Himmelstein is a distinguished professor of public health and health policy in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has authored or co-authored articles and books on medical bankruptcy and the high administrative costs of the U.S. health care system.

Leonard Jacobs is executive editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, a website delivering reporting, opinion and commentary at the crossroads of arts and politics. By day, Leonard works in New York City government. Previously, he was National Theatre Editor of Backstage and, before that, Founding Editor of As a journalist and critic, he's been active since Thespis stepped out of the chorus line. In 1981, he was a creative consultant on the film Quest for Fire, being the last living link to 80,000 BC.

Dakin Matthews recently appeared in Waitress on Broadway and Brigadoon at City Center. Previous Broadway credits include The Audience, Rocky, The Best Man, A Man for All Seasons, and Shakespeare's Henry IV, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. He also appeared in Yes Prime Minister, co-authored by Jonathan Lynn, at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rick Ungar is the co-host of the popular daily radio program Steele & Ungar on the Sirius XM POTUS channel. He serves as senior contributor on politics and health care policy at and is a frequent political analyst on Fox News. Ungar has also appeared as a long-time cast member on the Fox News Channel's Forbes on Fox along with frequent guest appearances on other news and political television programs.

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